Semesa | Onehunga

“That’s a tough one. I don’t really spend time with people. I do, but I don’t you know. Someone who’s different? I’ve got a mate, because myself, I’m a Christian, so you know, I believe in God. My mate’s an atheist.

He doesn’t believe in God. So, the other day he was talking to me about it, and it was different. It was different. So, instead of challenging his perspective, I thought I’d just listen, and embrace his point of view on how he sees things. It’s pretty cool. You know? It’s different to what I’m used to, but his belief on how we came to be where we are is more scientific than, how do you call it? Religious or spiritual. It also taught me how to accept him for who he is, and instead of judging him straight away, it taught me to just take time to get to know people, before you make that judgment about them.

I’m full Fijian. My mum was born on an island called Kadavu. My dad’s called from an island called Lau, and we have a house in Suva, Fiji. My parents came here and, yeah here we are, pretty much.

Life. What I value in life is life itself. Life. You only get one chance at it, but within that one chance there’s so many opportunities for you to fail, try new things, you know? Just explore, yeah that’s why I value it.

Of course, it’s important to listen to different things, because the world’s always changing. The world’s always evolving, and if you stay closed-minded and just stick to the same things, you’re never really going to improve yourself, or become a better person or a better version of yourself. So, it’s always good to keep an open mind, open ears, open eyes, you know? Just accept change. Don’t be afraid of it. Don’t try and push it away, because then, how can you build on yourself?”

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